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Expect Bentwich’s Return to Duties As Attorney, General by End of Week

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Capt. Josiah Wedgwood asked yesterday in the House of Commons for the latest information about the attempted assassination of Norman Bentwich, Attorney-General of Palestine, by an Arab civilian messenger in the Department of Police and Prisons. Assistant Secretary for the Colonies Lunn, after giving the requested details, added that he was glad to say that Bentwich was expected to return to duty at the end of the week.

Wedgwood continued his inquiry by asking why police protection had not been afforded to Bentwich and his wife in view of the many threats against them, and whether steps had been taken to purge the Palestine police force of those who thought it their duty to murder Jews or to allow thorn to be murdered by others. This brought cries of “Order, order!”

Wedgwood went on, however, and asked what steps had been taken to bring to justice the instigators of the attacks and not merely those who car-

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ried them out. Lunn replied that the High Commissioner had provided protection for Bentwich weeks ago and he does not doubt that an inquiry will be made as to the instigators, if there are any.

In view of the continued attacks on members of the Jewish community. Boothby asked whether the government would not reconsider the policy of forcibly disarming the Jews while leaving the Arabs armed. Lunn replied that he thought that that matter might be left to the Inquiry Commission, which is going into the matter there.

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